Polarization, Demographic Change, and White Flight from the Democratic Party

  title={Polarization, Demographic Change, and White Flight from the Democratic Party},
  author={Joshua N. Zingher},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={860 - 872}
Whites have become less likely to support the Democratic Party. I show that this shift is being driven by two mechanisms. The first mechanism is the process of ideological sorting. The Democratic Party has lost support among conservative whites because the relationships between partisanship, voting behavior, and policy orientations have strengthened. The second mechanism relates to demographic changes. The growth of liberal minority populations has shifted the median position on economic issues… 

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